Originally Posted by edcarls
Abednego- If you *sigh* at a the 5000 miles service for a Toyota, that could add up to a whooping $200 per year, you may have a heart attack when you find out how much it would cost to (detail clean) wash a CLS 550!
To put things in proper perpective, based on your experience with a Toyota, if it cost $200.00 to service a $20,000.00 car, it would probably cost $1,000.00 to service a $100,000.00 car.
I don't mean any disrespect, but, I agree with other posters that CLS550 is high up there with the other S class. Mostly buyers or owners of these class don't usually ask or are not concern with cost of maintemance.
Gotcha. For the record, the Toyota was about $40K.
We're looking at taking it in about 3 times a year, and it's at least $100 a pop, sometimes more. But I understand that's cheap compared to the maintenance on a MB.
I guess I was under the mistaken impression that buying an expensive car would imply, somehow, low maintenance costs. I tend to associate the price of something with Quality. Regardless, Mercedes quality has really taken a hit lately, at least this past year, according to JD Power. The initial quality ratings are much worse than average, and if I want something solid perhaps I should look elsewhere.
For the IQS, here's a link: http://www.jdpower.com/corporate/new...df/2006082.pdf
Perhaps once we can get some data on the reliability of the CLS I might have a better idea of what it's all going to cost. While I can afford the one-time purchase of such a vehicle (or even perhaps a S-550, but that's pushing it) it's not just the one time cost now, is it.
Likewise, I decided against the Lexus SC-430 because I'd have to be buying a set of tires for it every year (I drive about 15,000 to 20,000 miles a year).
But I do appreciate the feedback, and no disrespect taken!